Sounds of day true rhythm of life


Noise, racket, sounds, music, quiet and silence represent the rhythm of our day.

As we travel through life, we are challenged by the intensity and variety of our environmental sounds. Some are disturbing (sirens and howling storm winds) while others are soothing (rolling waves on the ocean and the call of a bird in the morning).

In a big city, you become conditioned to noise that you would not experience in an agricultural area. There are indoor noises and outdoor noises.

While sitting on my patio, I heard birds, automobiles, tractors, motorcycles, lawnmowers, air conditioner compressors, pool pumps and children playing.

This cacophony of sounds played like an unpracticed symphony without a conductor. Each noise was punctuated by the melody of life. As annoying as the sound of split reed in a clarinet during a concerto, the quiet of life is interrupted by a mix of noise and recurring sounds.

Indoors, the concert continues. The Keurig machine groans, a shower hisses, the toilet is flushed, the electric shaver hum is silenced by the hair dryer and television news as background gives way to the iPhone ring sound.

The clang of silverware on plates at breakfast is matched with the vibrations of the washing machine, the roar of the clothes dryer and the crunch of the garbage disposal.

Aren’t you glad you have a hearing aid? Every time I go to a Senior Health Fair, there are vendors with good information and offers of free hearing tests.

“What did you say?”

There are categories of hearing. Women claim their spouses have “selective” hearing.

Years ago, my mother asked me to visit with my father about getting a hearing test. When I told dad about my mother’s concerns, he replied “Son, I have heard everything that women had to say in our 60 years together, I tuned her out 5 years ago.”

Are you tuned out?

Are you looking for silence?
Maybe not.

The endless sounds of life are exciting. We enjoy summer time in Wisconsin. The sounds of family gatherings, great grandkids playing in the yard and motorboats cruising on the lake tell us the world is alive.

Looking for silence and quiet in the future? As Cardinal Robert Sarah commented, “Silence is the indispensable doorway to the divine.” The last prayer of the day is “the great silence.” SL

Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company. He can be contacted at